Today on The International: Conversations That Matter - host Jeevan A. Robinson, speaks with Mohamed Fakih, Co-founder of the Lebanese Canadian Coalition (LCC) and owner of Paramount Fine Foods. Our conversation focused on the massive explosion that devastated the city of Beirut on Tuesday August 4, 2020, when 2000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate exploded; killing 158 people, injuring 6000 plus and displacing hundreds of thousands more.
Once dubbed the Paris of the Middle East, Beirut now sees poverty, displacement, emigration, and a loss of peace in its streets. In the midst of this turmoil and in trying to grapple with COVID, Beirut suffered its worst blow yet.
In response to the large explosion that devastated the city of Beirut, the Lebanese-Canadian business leaders have come together to support relief efforts, through the formation of the Lebanese Canadian Coalition (LCC). Their single goal is to help heal and support the people of Beirut in the wake of this tragedy. The LCC has committed to fundraise at least $2.5 million dollars and will be advocating for the Canadian Government to match the funds raised.
Listen as Mohamad gives his insight and talks more about bringing relief to Lebanon: